5TH AVENUE THEATER
1308 Fifth Ave, 625-1900, 5thavenue.org
Hairspray: 10th Anniversary Concert (June 20–23): The Seattle Men's Chorus performs Hairspray, the 2002 Broadway musical that premiered in Seattle, in a concert directed by David Armstrong and Dennis Coleman. Featuring Jerick Hoffer (the hometown drag hero Jinkx Monsoon), Kirsten DeLohr Helland, Aaron Finley, and others.
The Pirates of Penzance (July 11–Aug 24): The old Gilbert and Sullivan chestnut. Quoth Wikipedia: "On the coast of Cornwall, at the time of Queen Victoria's reign, Frederic, a young man with a strong sense of duty, celebrates the completion of his twenty-first year and the apparent end of his apprenticeship to a gentlemanly band of pirates." Then a bunch of other shit happens.
700 Union St, 292-7676, acttheatre.org
Other Desert Cities (Through June 30): When Brooke Wyeth arrives at her parents' Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with a frighteningly revealing memoir in hand, she threatens to tear apart their powerful and prestigious Republican dynasty. In 2011, the New York Times called Jon Robin Baitz's discomforting Tony and Pulitzer finalist the "best new play on Broadway." Victor Pappas directs this Northwest premiere, featuring Pamela Reed (Parks and Recreation) as Polly Wyeth, Seattle performer Marya Sea Kaminski as her daughter Brooke, and Kevin Tighe (Lost) as the family patriarch.
An Evening with Groucho (June 13–30): Frank Ferrante returns with his portrayal of Groucho Marx.
The Construction Zone (June 18, July 23, Aug 27): New works are read aloud by professional actors and followed by a discussion with the playwrights. Produced with Washington Ensemble Theater.
Rapture, Blister, Burn (July 12–Aug 11): In an exploration of the evolution of modern American feminism, playwright Gina Gionfriddo connects Catherine—a successful academic—with her childhood friend Gwen, a stay-at-home mom married to Catherine's high-school sweetheart. Each has some degree of envy for the other.
The Love Markets (Aug 10): The Seattle band inspired by Weimar cabaret culture performs its new album with opening act the Half Brothers.
Icicle Creek Theater Festival (Aug 20–21): This festival has helped incubate plays that have gone on to be produced around the country, including: The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter, You for Me for You by Mia Chung, On the Nature of Dust by Stephanie Timm, Him by Daisy Foote, and others. This year's selections are announced in May.
Middletown (Aug 30–Sept 29): In a spin on Thornton Wilder's Our Town, playwright Will Eno explores mundane and metaphysical misdirection among the cosmos of resident Middletonians.
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St, 441-7178, intiman.org
Intiman Theater Festival 2013 (June 21–Sept 15): By now, you probably know the Intiman story—the venerable theater crashed and burned after a leadership change, then revived itself last year for a last-ditch summer festival (using the same cast and design team for all the plays) that was successful enough to merit a second round. This year, the plays are themed on four thorny topics: race, sex, money, and politics. They include Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton; Lysistrata by Aristophanes, directed by Sheila Daniels; Stu for Silverton (a new musical about the real-life trans mayor of a small Oregon town) by Peter Duchan and Breedlove, directed by Intiman artistic director Andrew Russell; and We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! by Dario Fo, directed by "queen of clowning" Jane Nichols.
1932 Second Ave, 682-1414, stgpresents.org
Dancing Around the World (June 8): More than 400 youth dancers between the ages of 3 and 17 fill the stage to demonstrate their achievements in ballet, jazz, tap, hiphop, and lyrical dance forms.
1303 NE 45th St, 682-1414, stgpresents.org
Anthony Jeselnik (June 8): Comedy. "I've got a long history of suicide in my family. The good news is it skips a generation. So, if I'm lucky, my kids will kill themselves."
Tracy Morgan (June 14): Comedy. "I want to hold a mirror up to society and then win 'world record for biggest mirror.'"
Dylan Moran: Yeah, Yeah (June 28): Comedy. "The truth is that I'm constitutionally incapable of doing an ordinary job."
Pete Holmes (June 29): Comedy. "You ever hail a cab just to stop it from hitting you?"
ON THE BOARDS
100 W Roy St, 217-9888, ontheboards.org
Northwest New Works Festival (June 7–16): The annual festival where On the Boards brings snippets of new work to the stage. NWNW has incubated work by some of the better/weirder performing artists in our corner of the country: Zoe Scofield, Pat Graney, Amy O'Neal, Allen Johnson, Ellie Sandstrom, Salt Horse, Spencer Moody, Mark Haim, Mike Pham, Haruko Nishimura and Joshua Kohl, Cherdonna and Lou, and more. This year features Paul Budraitis, the Satori Group, Allie Hankins, Pony World Theater, the New Animals (Markeith Wiley's dance company), and many others.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, 441-2424, pnb.org
Director's Choice (Through June 9): A tribute to George Balanchine curated by artistic director Peter Boal, this triple bill features a world premiere from Christopher Wheeldon, the return of Agon (a 1957 avant-garde ballet by "Mr. B," now staged by Francia Russell), and the last third of Balanchine's Jewels series, entitled Diamonds.
Season Encore Performance (June 9): Dance is ephemeral, and this PNB tradition brings back the "best-of" moments from the past season. Expect bits and pieces of Roméo et Juliette, Agon, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Swan Lake, Concerto Barocco, Sum Stravinsky, and more.
Next Step (June 14): It is a sign of artistic health that some Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers go on to become choreographers (Kiyon Gaines, Olivier Wevers, and others). In this concert, company dancers try out their new choreographic works, accompanied by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. If you're looking for new stuff from the ballet, start here.
911 Pine St, 682-1414, stgpresents.org
Bill Maher (June 22): Comedy. "If conservatives get to call universal healthcare 'socialized medicine,' I get to call private, for-profit healthcare 'soulless vampire bastards making money off human pain."
DANCE This (July 13): A performance of the annual DANCE This program, in which teenage dancers from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds work with adult choreographers (also from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds, including modern, hiphop, and international traditions from many continents) to create new work.
Jim Gaffigan (July 20): Comedy. "Isn't it strange—when you're single, all you see is couples, and when you're part of a couple, all you see are hookers."
Joe Rogan (July 26): Comedy. "I was raised Catholic. That's why I don't take religion too seriously."
Sister Act (Aug 20–25): The "musical comedy smash" about an aspiring diva who hides out in a convent as part of a witness protection program.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, seattlesymphony.org
Cirque de la Symphonie (July 12–13): Contortionists, jugglers, and aerialists perform to classical music played by a chamber-sized orchestra of Seattle Symphony musicians.
216 Union St, 838-4333, thetripledoor.net
Nightcap (June 8): A cabaret including Waxie Moon, Sarah Sparrow, Lily Verlaine, and others.
Freedom Fantasia (July 3–6): From the creators of Homo for the Holidays, a "liberty-encrusted, justice-soaked, apple-pie-scented pageant of patriotism" starring Jinkx Monsoon, Cherdonna and Lou, Kitten LaRue, Jim Kent, Markeith Wiley, and many more.
303 Front St N, Issaquah, 425-392-2202, villagetheatre.org
Chicago (Through June 29): Kander and Ebb's Prohibition-era musical about merry murderesses and their lust for fame.
14/48: THE WORLD'S QUICKEST THEATER FESTIVAL
Erickson Theater Off Broadway, 1524 Harvard Ave, 1448fest.com
14/48 Festivals (June 21–29): 14/48 used to be a relatively simple form of chaos: assembling a bunch of theater artists (actors, writers, directors, designers), pulling themes and little nodes of collaboration out of a hat, then smashing them together to make 14 new short plays, from the first written word to the final costume adjustment, in 48 hours. After several years of this, 14/48 got restless and has begun new experiments, including the "kamikaze" mode, in which participants have no idea whether they'll be writers, actors, directors, designers, or musicians. The first weekend of this run will be like that. The second weekend will be "all virgins," with lots of bewildered newcomers to the process.
1100 E Pike St, 728-0933, annextheatre.org
Mating Games (June 7–22): Seattle Playwrights' Collective presents eight short comedies about love 'n' sex 'n' stuff. Including scripts by Kelleen Conway Blanchard (Pink Elephants), Jim Jewell (Just Kissing), Dan Tarker (The Minotaur Next Door), John C. Davenport (Their Eyes Meet), Lauren Stone (Awkward), and others.
Murder Abbey (June 12): Comedian Kate Hess of the Upright Citizens Brigade parodies the BBC's Downton Abbey in this solo-show deconstruction with period costumes. The Daily Beast calls it one of the "six best Downton Abbey spoofs." (Who knew there were so many?)
Accio Burlesque!: A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter (June 28–29): I can imagine some potential problems with a burlesque show based on a series of children's books, but here's hoping...
Quick Change! (July 5–6): Flirty Sanchez and Bella Bijoux perform a two-woman burlesque show they describe as "like Golden Girls but with much less clothing."
Spin the Bottle (June 7, July 5, Aug 2, Sept 6): On the first Friday of every month since 1997, Annex has hosted a cabaret of new stuff—music, comedy, dance, film, theater, cirque, burlesque, smut, paper-airplane-making demonstrations, and stuff you can't even imagine.
Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery (July 7, Aug 4, Sept 1): A monthly menagerie of people singing songs, telling stories, and doing strange stuff, curated by comedian, impresario, and self-described "mustache wizard" Emmett Montgomery.
Precious Little (Aug 2–31): A linguistics professor who is studying the last known speaker of a nearly extinct language is burdened with new information about her unborn child. She seeks solace with a gorilla at the zoo, which is played by a calm woman in a Coco Chanel suit. Written by Madeleine George, founding member of the Obie Award–winning playwrights' collective 13P.
The Half Brothers Brand Baking Products Old-Time Variety Show (Aug 9–30): Described as "Hee Haw on mushrooms," the neo-bluegrass trio known as the Half Brothers mixes original music with cooking lessons in an homage to infomercials of the Foggy Mountain Boys singing about Martha White's self-rising flour. Directed by Scotto Moore (A Mouse Who Knows Me, Duel of the Linguist Mages).
1524 Harvard Ave, 329-1050, balagantheatre.org
The Totally True and Almost Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio (June 29–Aug 4): Written by Brendan Healy (of Pony World Theater) and directed by Shawn Belyea (14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival), an ensemble performs as an Italian theater troupe in the comic-improv style of Christopher Guest. With performances at Volunteer Park and Lake Burien Park.
Les Misérables (Sept 6–28): Balagan keeps chasing its li'l-Broadway dreams, with another show to add to its already formidable collection of ambitious shows (Avenue Q, August: Osage County, etc.). This one stars Seattle natives (and Broadway actors) Louis Hobson and L. Steven Taylor, and Balagan promises Seattle will "experience Les Mis like never before."
2220 NW Market St, 395-5458, ghostlighttheatricals.org
ComedySportz (Ongoing): Two teams of comedians compete for your precious, precious laughs.
Seattle Sketch Comedy Month (Through June 29): SketchFest ("the world's original comedy festival") has rented out the Ballard Underground to bring together a bunch of local sketch-comedy groups for a month of performances. Featuring well-loved groups such as Ubiquitous They, Charles, the Entertainment Show, Pork Filled Players, and others.
BOOK-IT REPERTORY THEATER
Center House Theater, Seattle Center, 216-0833, book-it.org
The Financial Lives of the Poets (June 7–30): Adapted from the novel by Jess Walter, the story follows Matt Prior, whose life is "falling apart at the seams." Adapted and directed by Myra Platt, and presented at the Jones Playhouse at the University of Washington.
The Kitchen by Delicatus, 103 First Ave S, cafenordo.com
SMOKED! (Through June 16): According to Kim Fu's recent review in The Stranger, "SMOKED! is marketed as an homage to the genre-defining spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, best known for the Man with No Name trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly). Ray Tagavilla gamely invokes Clint Eastwood's stoic, irreverent stranger, riding into a troubled town in the grip of a big bad boss... That the big bad boss sells genetically engineered produce and pesticides is presented with such science-fiction hyperbole and strained anachronism ('Seeds engineered like a gun'), it brings to mind Cowboys & Aliens more than Monsanto. Two of the dishes elicited actual pain. The spring vegetable 'spaghetti' (read: coleslaw) came with mozzarella 'meatballs' rolled in powdered olives, a combination so salty it hurt. The smoked alfalfa-hay popcorn was impressive only from a scientific standpoint, as each kernel carried such an intense cigarette-smoke sensation that it stung the lungs. Salt was an ongoing problem: The dessert consisted of a thin layer of rhubarb, seemingly sugarless, buried by salty biscuit dough and served with a side of smoked-salt fennel whipped cream—sweet and savory without the sweet."
CAN CAN CABARET
94 Pike St, 652-0832, thecancan.com
The Dark Side of the Veil: Chartreuse (June 9): Les Fleurs D'Egypte Dance company presents an evening of poi, techno music, and bellydancing. Performers include Najla, Nadira, BreAnn, Kitiera, Danielle, and Ava.
Tiny Diamonds (Through June 27): The Heavenly Spies burlesque company celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a weekly show. Paul Constant, a longtime Spies fan, wrote earlier this year: "Fae Phalen's choreography sets the Spies apart from other, more amateurish burlesque you could see around town on any given night, where dancers waste time between a few simple steps and discard clothing whenever a number gets boring. A Spies striptease is all about control. Every movement—from the tilt of a hand while pulling off a glove to the arc of a swinging ponytail—is planned and practiced to perfection. Corrie Befort, a local modern dancer and choreographer, most recently of Salt Horse, explained that Phalen's choreography provides a 'sense of form and an aesthetic' that you don't usually find in burlesque—'like white cake made with real cream,' Befort wrote in an e-mail. 'I was totally lured by the sugar, but hooked by the quality.'"
Tuesday Tease (June 25): Local burlesque performers strip to live music by The Lurid Spectacles every fourth Tuesday. Hosted by Ace Carter and Sailor St. Claire.
Can Can Castaways (Through the foreseeable future): As Brendan Kiley has written in The Stranger: "The Can Can Castaways, as we've often said, are like a gateway drug for modern dance. People show up at the subterranean, red-lit bar, order a few drinks, expect to see some hard bodies dancing—and they get that. But what they also get is the expert choreography by Rainbow Fletcher and her team of dancers and designers (often the dancers are the designers), who create dreamscapes from the Moulin Rouge to a bondage club in Tokyo. Fletcher and her team have also performed at On the Boards and other, more august venues, and their marriage of artistry and sensuality is excellent."
ECLECTIC THEATER COMPANY
1214 10th Ave, 679-3271, eclectictheatercompany.org
Waiting for Jenkins (Through June 8): Improv, including superhero movies built from audience suggestions.
One Act Play Festival (June 7–8): Two days of one-act plays by local writers, for a total of 14 dramatic works, ending with a party Saturday night.
ERICKSON THEATER OFF BROADWAY
1524 Harvard Ave, 329-1050
Ashani Dances (June 7–9, ashanidances.org): Choreographer Iyun Ashani Harrison (Juilliard, National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ailey II) presents four new dances, two of which were created in collaboration with Seattle composers Ben Morrow and William Hayes.
Sandbox One-Act Play Festival (June 13–15, soapfest.org): Short plays by members of the Sandbox Artists Collective: Milwaukee by Scot Augustson, Openly We Carry by Paul Mullin, Knocking Bird by Emily Conbere, and ...dispose of me... by Elizabeth Heffron.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250, fryemuseum.org
A Night of Genius (Aug 21): Join The Stranger for an event featuring the work of—and a conversation with—this year's Genius Award finalists in performance (see page 9). Theater editor Brendan Kiley will interview choreographers Amy O'Neal and Pat Graney, as well as the choreography-design team of Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey, while showing video samples of their work.
INFINITY BOX THEATER PROJECT
Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, infinitybox.org
Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human: Robots and Artificial Intelligence (June 13–15): Five scientists who work in the field of robotics or artificial intelligence each teamed up with local theater artists. Their results are five short plays on the question of what it means to be human. Each performance is followed by a scientist-led conversation with the audience. Scientists include: Paulina Varshavskaya (humanoid robotics), Andrew Stewart (ocean engineer in an applied physics laboratory), Cady Stanton (research assistant), and others. Theater-makers include: Pamela Hobart Carter, Jim Jewell, Kathy Hsieh, Omar Willey, May Nguyen, and others.
LAUGHS COMEDY SPOT
12099 124th Ave, Kirkland, 425-823-6306, laughscomedy.com
Comedy at Laughs Comedy Spot (Ongoing): "Good open mic, good touring acts," Stranger comedy expert Lindy West wrote a few years ago. Plus, they have a "starving artists" menu where you can buy a grilled-cheese sandwich for cheap.
5241 University Way NE, 402-3042, tuesdayteaseseattle.com
Tuesday Tease (June 18): Local burlesque performers strip to live music by the Lurid Spectacles every third Tuesday. Hosted by Ace Carter and Sailor St. Claire.
NEW CITY THEATER
1404 18th Ave, 271-4430, newcitytheater.org
Homebody (Through June 22): Mary Ewald stars in this forerunner of Tony Kushner's later and larger work, Homebody/Kabul. In this early version, New City tells us, Kushner "makes the personal and the universal, the trivial and the cosmic, come simultaneously to life in a single character's bewilderment—the Homebody."
1516 Second Ave, 223-1333, clubnocnoc.com
Sinner Saint Burlesque (Ongoing): A long-running burlesque show.
1114 Howell St, 233-9873, rebarseattle.com
Belltown Burlesque Revue (June 8, July 13, Aug 10): Burlesque by Sailor St. Claire, Dahlia Ste. Cyr, Violet DeVille, and other people with Francophile stage names.
World's End Burlesque Revue (June 21–29): Burlesque by Czech Mate, Ivy DuPri, Lilith von Fraumench, and others.
Midnight Menagerie Burlesque (July 26–28): This group has advertised shows about Dr. Who and "the minxes of Middle Earth," so expect something nerdy.
2320 Second Ave, 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com
Comedy Womb (Ongoing): A weekly "female-focused but not female-exclusive" comedy open mic with special guest spots, a headliner, a raffle, and more.
The Colors of Comedy (June 7): "The funniest comics of color in the Northwest."
Family Affair—An Evening of Dysfunctional Performance (June 19, July 17, Aug 21): Hosted by Jennifer Jasper, storytellers, dancers, writers, musicians, and artists will be sharing their sick, hilarious, and ultimately relatable familial skeletons on the third Wednesday of each month. Some of the proceeds each month will also go to help "a family in the arts community who has had an unforeseen crisis."
THE SATORI LAB
Inscape Arts, 815 Seattle Blvd S, satori-group.com
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam (June 29): Puppets for grown-ups in the Satori Group's space. Lineup announced in June.
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
Cornish College of the Arts and other venues near South Lake Union, phffft.org
The Eighth Seattle International Dance Festival: Beyond the Threshold (June 14–23): The Seattle International Dance Festival returns with boatloads of locally, nationally, and internationally known dance-makers: Corrie Befort, Jody Kuehner, Wuza Wuza, Kokoro Dance Company, Yurek Hansen, Manimou Camara, Amelia Reeber, Khambatta Dance Company, Idan Choen, and many others. There will also be events with KEXP DJs, crafts, a beer and margarita garden, and so on.
SEATTLE PUBLIC THEATER
Bathhouse Theater, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 524-1300, seattlepublictheater.org
The Language Archive (Through June 9): Twin stories by Julia Cho about love and language. In the first, a linguist can't talk his way out of divorce. In the second, an indigenous tongue is threatened with extinction due to a lover's spat. Directed by Shana Bestock.
SEATTLE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
Center House Theater, Seattle Center, 733-8222, seattleshakespeare.org
The Tempest (July 11–Aug 11): "What see'st thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time?" A Shakespeare in the park production directed by Kelly Kitchens.
Henry V (July 11–Aug 11): "Men of few words are the best men." A Shakespeare in the park production directed by George Mount.
SOUND THEATER COMPANY
Center House Theater, Seattle Center, 856-5520, soundtheatrecompany.org
Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth (June 6–23): British schoolboys and Cold War–era Czechoslovakian actors are the new characters in Tom Stoppard's interpretations of two tragedies by Shakespeare.
The Wild Party (Aug 8–25): The Seattle premiere of a musical by Andrew Lippa, based on an epic, jazz-age poem by Joseph Moncure March.
SPECTRUM DANCE THEATER
800 Lake Washington Blvd, 325-4161, spectrumdance.org
A Cruel New World/the new normal (June 5–9): Earlier this year, in honor of Donald Byrd's 10-year anniversary with Spectrum Dance Theater, the company brought back this post-9/11 riff (which was Byrd's first work for Spectrum). That restaging is now getting an encore performance this June at the Emerald City Aerialdrome (2702 Sixth Ave S).
Autopsy of Love (June 20–29): A world-premiere work developed with Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Lab. From the Spectrum website: "With Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe in its original 20-song cycle featuring poet Heinrich Heine's Lyrisches Intermezzo, Byrd returns to matters of the heart." At the Emerald City Aerialdrome (2702 Sixth Ave S).
204 N 85th St, 781-9707, taproottheatre.org
Bach at Leipzig (Through June 15): German organists play dirty as they vie for the role of musical director after the latest one drops dead. Itamar Moses wrote this farcical look at true events in 1772 Leipzig.
222 Mercer St, 802-0015, dreams.zinzanni.org
King's Wish with Caspar Babypants (Through June 30): A new family-oriented circus show with popular local kids' musician Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America).
Lucky in Love (Through Sept 8): Ruby, proprietress of Casino ZinZanni, takes a chance on songster Ricky La Ruse. She gets more than she gambled for when a full cast of circus performers, including a contortionist cat burglar, come onto the scene. Featuring Joe DePaul, Les Petits Frères, Peter Pitofsky, and others.
Building #47, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 363-4807, seattlemusicaltheatre.org/theatre47
A Midsummer Night's Fantasy (June 25): A new take on Shakespeare's beloved A Midsummer Night's Dream, from Seattle Musical Theater. Blending opera, acting, classical music, and more, this one-night performance promises to enchant audiences and bring new life to the classic play.
THEATER OFF JACKSON
409 Seventh Ave S, 340-1049, theatreoffjackson.org
Quickies: Volume 14 (June 7–15): The return of Live Girls! annual short play festival featuring women playwrights.
You Can't Do That on Television! (June 21): Local burlesque performers experiment with popular TV characters (from Breaking Bad, Glee, and other shows) doing "naughty" stuff they can't do onscreen.
The Clockwork Professor (July 12–Aug 3): Pork Filled Productions presents a world-premiere, steampunk adventure play by Maggie Lee (Kindred Spirits), directed by Amy Poisson (These Streets). Professor Pemberton, a resident of New Providence, must confront his past as political unrest sweeps through his town.
1500 Summit Ave, 324-5801, schmeater.org
The Twilight Zone: Live! (Through June 15): The annual round of three live episodes from the sci-fi/thriller TV series steeped in Cold War paranoia, space invaders, and tyrannical societies. This round features "I Shot an Arrow into the Air," "It's a Good Life," and "The Night of the Meek." Directed by Tim Moore.
1428 Post Alley, 587-2414, unexpectedproductions.org
Duo Comedy Showcase (Ongoing): Competing duos perform comedy and improv, tournament-style.
TheaterSports (Ongoing): Our local version of an international improv institution.
1118 E Pike St, 437-2532, unicornseattle.com
Mimosas with Mama (Ongoing): The long-running Sunday drag-show brunch has relocated from the Broadway Grill (R.I.P.) to the Narwhal, the shiny new bar and stage in the Unicorn's lower floor.
VELOCITY DANCE CENTER
1621 12th Ave, 325-8773, velocitydancecenter.org
Strictly Seattle: Maximum Velocity (July 26–27): After a three-week dance intensive with accomplished choreographers (including Stranger Genius Award nominees Zoe Scofield and Amy O'Neal, as well as Mark Haim, Ricki Mason, Ellie Sandstrom, Marlo Martin, and others), there is a performance at Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway).
What We Talk About When We Talk About... (July 21): Choreographers and dancers, audience members, and Strictly Seattle participants will have a facilitated conversation with choreographers Zoe Scofield and Tonya Locker (the latter is also the director of Velocity Dance Center).
20th Annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation: Maximum Velocity (July 28–Aug 4): An improv-dance festival of classes, intensives, jams, conversations, and performances with artists such as John Jasperse, Sara Shelton Mann, and Chris Aiken.
Lightning Talks (July 31): Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation artists have seven minutes to share what they're researching in 2013.
OFF THE CUFF: Dance Innovators in Performance (August 1): John Jasperse, Salt Horse, Karen Nelson, Louis Gervais, and others will "perform spontaneous flashes of brilliance," blurring the "lines between improvisation and devised theater."
WASHINGTON ENSEMBLE THEATER
608 19th Ave E, 325-5105, washingtonensemble.org
Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys (Through June 24): Brandy is a popular birthday-party clown who can't seem to get it together, with complications like teenage boyfriends, binge drinking, and a demon living under her bed. This part puppet/part clown fantasy stars Hannah Victoria Franklin and is directed by Jane Nichols (Yale School of Drama, professor of clown and physical comedy).
WEST OF LENIN
203 N 36th St, 352-1777, westoflenin.com
The Horrible Lamb (June 14–29): After performing popular shows at the Seattle Fringe Festival in 2012, Sauer Bauer Productions revives this musical about Lyle Candell, a slacker who must sacrifice his love for sin to compete with his childhood-friend-turned-arch-nemesis Hal O'Luyah, now a Christian televangelist superstar.
5510 University Way NE, 352-8291, wingitpresents.com
World's Fair (June 6–21): Improv inspired by the true story of a serial killer at the 1893 World's Columbian Expo in Chicago.
Jet City Improv (Ongoing): An improv institution.